The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


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  • Interview Radboud Recharge
    “Geloof niet elk opvoedboek” Weinig periodes zijn voor ouders zo stressvol als de eerste maanden van hun baby. Roseriet Beijers, hoofddocent aan het Behavioural Science Institute, scheidt wat kaf van het koren in de stortvloed aan opvoedadviezen die jonge…
  • ICIS 2022
    The International Congress of Infant Studies -or in short ICIS 2022 – took place in the beautiful Canadian capital city Ottawa. The conference set the stage for an inspiring three-day program within an international and interdisciplinary scientific environment that…
  • Coming up: ICIS 2022
    The SMILEY team likes to announce that we just started a new wave of data collection at 2 years. While we are still busy with collecting data at 8 months, the oldest SMILEY children just turned 2 and are…
  • Coming up: ICIS 2022
    This coming summer the International Congress of Infant Studies conference will take place in Ottawa, Canada. The conference theme is aimed at Developmental Cascades. In recent years, researchers have progressed their understanding of connections between behaviors, abilities and processes…